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Old 02-24-2013, 02:06 AM   #1
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Thinking of buying a motorcycle...what to do?

...i know, first stop calling it a motorcycle; was gonna say bike but then I'd get all kinds of clever posts lol

don't have a license, where do I begin? Reliable, fast and cheap schools? Don't own a bike so how would I take the test? Anyone with a beat up bike for me to practice on?

I did ride in the middle east on very small, low cc bikes back in the day (no license or anything lol) but now want to do the real thing...

ps. (off topic lol) where can i get alpine white plugs to cover front bumper license plate holes?

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Old 02-24-2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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There are a lot of different classes available depending on where you live. Ive had my bike for 4 years and I love it to cruise to the beach.
As for the classes and taking the test.
Most classes that are available supply you with a bike to ride while you are there. Usually a weekend course and usually small, easily maneuverable 250cc bikes. At the end of the class you take the test on their bike and can get your license at the end of the course through them.
That way you dont need to go get a bike and take it at the police station.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:34 AM   #3
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Take a MSF course, it will teach you the basics of safety and riding. At the end of the course you get approval to get a license.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:35 AM   #4
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In Alabama (where I'm from) the motorcycle license test is a 25 question multiple choice test where you can miss 5 and pass. No riding required. Really stupid, but I'm not complaining. And you can get it when you're 14
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:55 AM   #5
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thanks Chris...called up MSF in Alexandria...wish I did this on Friday so I could have been more productive yesterday and today, lol.

http://nm.msf-usa.org/msf/ridercourses.aspx?state=VA

Called their number it was some random lady's vmail. Will try again tomorrow.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:53 PM   #6
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Always been a dream to own a Honda CBR:

http://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2...1000-108153389

what would be the things I should look for? Maybe a good local biker forum I could visit and do my homework?
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If you never have really ridden a bike going straight to a 1000 might be a bit much.
How much do you weigh?
Hight?
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+1, no way you should start with a 1000

read this:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...5#post11659225
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:34 AM   #9
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5'11", 220lbs. About 20lbs overweight lol. Yeah, I was thinking to go baby steps...but not sure how the whole biker training wheels system works with power and what not. I'm also going to be using it for absolute leisure and not DD, like maybe 1-2 weekends per month (out of town the rest of the time).
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+1, no way you should start with a 1000

read this:
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sick link. thanks! 250 ninja it is
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:29 AM   #11
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The new honda 250's are sick. They have ABS too. But I def recommend one of the smaller cc bikes. Ninja 250 or the Honda 250. I started out riding those and I have 2 ninjas now. Everybody says you will want something with a bigger engine quicker once you learn but I love it.
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Even being a beginner. A ninja 250 will be seriously lagging with you on it given your size.
I honestly think you would be disappointed.
One of my old girlfriends. 5'3. 98 lbs.
had one. She thought it was even to sluggish for her.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:01 PM   #13
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600 is plenty for yah to start with. The have plenty of balls.

Saying this is hard for me because I went straight to a gsxr 750 for my first bike and im 5' 10. 165.
But i grew up racing motocross so i was comfortable.
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Msf is usually mandatory in most states, id check out an sv650s for a first bike, that was my choice..good power and no so much of a crotch rocket stance when riding

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Old 04-10-2013, 08:47 PM   #15
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Go with 600 - enough power and braking to get out of trouble and not enough to automatically kill yourself...and PLENTY quick...then later move up to 750 - which is best balance

also, keep in mind how careful you need to be - it is damn dangerous out there - the main reason my wife lets me do anything I want to cars - to keep me off bikes (even though I had one for many years and the most recent about a year and half ago
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Its not just the size, its the tuning, there is a BIG difference between a Honda XR250 and a Aprillia 250...

For a learner bike get something with minimum plastic, and simple.

Suzuki DRZ400 is a great smaller bike with enough power to keep most folks happy for a while.
Kawasaki Versus is another good pick. (Fuel injected very easy to care for...)
I rode a DR350SP for a few years, just moved up to a KTM 950 Adventure. (yes its fun)
One advantage of the "dirt" oriented bikes is cheap insurance.. PLus they survive being dropped very well.

Dirt riding will teach you a lot without the road rash..

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